GÉANT has a long-standing and highly collaborative relationship with the European Union, sharing the objective of providing a stable and innovative environment for research, education, and innovation.
For over 25 years this approach has benefited research and education communities worldwide, most recently within the seven-year Horizon 2020 Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA), established in April 2015, implementing five Specific Grant Agreements (SGAs): GN4-1, 2, 3, GN4-3N, and BELLA-S1.
GÉANT is a partner and/or coordinating partner in many EU-funded projects covering regional networking, trust & identity services, and collaborative projects.
GÉANT Project (GN4-3)
Accelerating research, driving innovation and enriching education.
The GÉANT Project has grown during its iterations (GN1, GN2, GN3, GN3plus, GN4-1 and GN4-2) to incorporate not just the award-winning 500Gbps pan-European network, but also a catalogue of advanced, user-focused services, and a successful programme of innovation that is pushing the boundaries of networking technology to deliver real impact to over 50 million users.
The GÉANT network provides the high speed connectivity needed to share, access and process the massive volumes of data. This data is generated by, and essential to, diverse research and education communities across such areas as particle physics, bioinformatics, earth observation, drug discovery and arts and culture.
GÉANT Project GN4-3 structure and achievements
The GÉANT Project and associated activities have been a vital element of Europe's e-infrastructure strategy for almost 20 years.
The GÉANT Project is a key part of the Digital Agenda for Europe, a flagship initiative driving Europe 2020.
The collaboration of the NREN partners has long been paramount to the continued success of the GÉANT project.
The GÉANT Project is structured into four functional activity groups: Networking, Development Service, Production & Security Service and Joint Research.
The GÉANT project has a range of deliverables associated with the activities.
The GEANT project has a range of milestones associated with the activities.
The GN4-3N project will restructure the GÉANT backbone network through exploration and procurement of long-term Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRUs), leased lines and associated equipment.
GN4-3 builds on a strong foundation of achievements by predecessor projects. Learn more about key achievements
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GÉANT manages research and education networking projects in partnership with the European Commission (EC), our European NREN members, global NRENs and other partners.
At the core of these projects is to interconnect national research and education networking (NREN) organisations in different regions, through the procurement, building and operation of large-scale, advanced international high-speed networks. Some of the projects also include development and delivery of services above the network, and research into networking technologies.
GÉANT currently manages networking projects serving Europe (GÉANT Project), the Eastern Partnership countries (EaPConnect), the Mediterranean (EUMEDCONNECT3), Central Asia (CAREN2) and Africa (AfricaConnect3). We also participate in the Fed4FIRE testbed 'future internet' project and support GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility.
View an overview of these projects, with further information available on the respective project websites.
Trust & identity projectsGÉANT partners with the EC, national research and education networking organisations and other institutions to bring about new service innovations and adoption on a global basis. GÉANT currently manages the following trust and identity projects:
- Development of an interoperable authentication and authorisation framework (AARC).
- Representing the requirements of research and education in access and identity management (REFEDS).
- GÉANT manages the development and expansion of eduGAIN around the world.
GÉANT partners with the EC, national research and education networking organisations and other institutions to bring about new service innovations and adoption on a global basis, through collaboration and assistance projects with international partners.
GÉANT currently participates in a range of projects focusing on expanding the reach of, and improving access to, R&E services. An overview of these projects is shown below, with further information available on the respective project websites.